|Angélica R. Wind, JD
Angelica was born to migrant farm workers who eventually settled in NC. From a young age, she witnessed injustices in the farm worker community that instilled in her a high sense of commitment to the struggle for social justice. She has been involved in several social justice movements that include immigrant rights, women’s reproductive rights, and gender equality. Prior to joining, Our VOICE, Angélica worked at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence as their Immigrant Outreach Specialist and Pisgah Legal Services as their Bilingual Court Advocate.Angélica has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She currently lives in Asheville with her wonderful husband and their beautiful daughter.
|Robin Payne, MBA
Robin is a happily married mother of two amazing children and loves working at Our VOICE as the Development and Marketing Coordinator. Robin has worked in the Asheville nonprofit community for ten years in development, marketing, strategic planning, and outreach. She has also been a small business owner and considers herself a lifelong student. An active volunteer in the community, Robin is proud to be part of such a strong organization that does amazing work.
|Dearing Davis, LCSW
Dearing began as the bilingual counselor with Our VOICE in the Spring of 2013, bringing with her many years of experience working in non-profit organizations promoting social justice. Her professional career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica where she cultivated and deepened her passion for Latino culture and the Spanish language. During her graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Dearing had the honor of working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. After graduating with a Master of Science in Social Work, she went on to work with children and their families in a bilingual school population. Dearing is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She loves partnering with individuals through counseling and experiencing the hope and change that comes through the process. In her free time she enjoys hiking, spending time with family and friends, and creating pottery.
Prevention Education Coordinator
Shilpa started volunteering with Our VOICE in 2010, and joined the staff in August 2011. She graduated from Cornell University in 2002 and has been working in youth empowerment through experiential and outdoor education since then. Her current role includes supporting and developing the Prevention, Education, and Outreach Program as well as coordinating Climbing Toward Confidence, Our VOICE’s after-school program for middle-school girls. Shilpa is excited to be a part of an organization that supports doing unique and innovative programs. When Shilpa isn’t at Our VOICE, she can be found rock climbing, gardening, or traveling.
|Melanie Gordon-Calabrese, LPCA
Melanie has been volunteering with Our VOICE since 2005 and is excited to be part of the staff. She has been working with social justice issues in a variety of ways since a young age and feels lucky to able to work with an organization that promotes her core values and beliefs. She is continually inspired by the healing and empowerment she witnesses from clients on a daily basis. Melanie received her BA in Gender Studies from Simon’s Rock College of Bard and her Master’s in Community Counseling from Western Carolina University.
|Leah Rubinsky, MA
Client Services CoordinatorWith a Master’s in Women’s Health, Leah comes to Our Voice from a career path centered on advocating for the physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing of community members in need. She has worked on projects promoting girls’ education in rural West Africa. She has done reproductive health work as a clinic volunteer in Denver. She has worked as a domestic violence / sexual assault advocate in Boston as well as in New Mexico and South Dakota. She is driven by the unshakeable core value that all human beings deserve to be safe and to experience healthy sexuality. She brings with her to the position of Client Services Coordinator a commitment to supporting survivors and the journey to healing. She loves rock climbing, music-playing and exploring.